Making karting fun again – Turning track days into test days. #theartofkart

 

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So in my last post, I admitted how having to worry about my engine exploding was making karting less fun, so while I’m working on that, I’ve been focusing on also how to improve my approach to my driving.

I’ll admit, though no surprise to anyone, that I am not the fastest driver in the world. Therefore, I always want to work to improve my driving skills, and my understanding of how to setup my kart. After a few years of racing, I’ve gotten to a point where “just getting seat time” isn’t becoming as beneficial. I need a more focused approach in how I practice and test, so I can work on developing specific skills with my racing, setup and racecraft. Continue reading

I haven’t been having fun karting lately…and I’m going to do something about it. #keepkartingfun

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Again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. There is a good reason for it though.

I love driving, and racing. It’s my a favorite thing to do.  If I could, I’d make a career out of doing it. Karting is really the way that I express my enjoyment about my passion. Simply put, karting is awesome.

However, honestly, I haven’t had that much fun lately. Like really haven’t been having fun. It’s been frustrating, and I couldn’t figure out why. So I decided to write a post about it to see if it would help me clear my head. (This post might not even stay up long…or it’ll stay up forever. Who knows.) Continue reading

Racing Therapy Sessions – Just taking the time off

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Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything really. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the blog. Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything really. It’s because I haven’t wanted to, but I have a good reason.

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What do you want to see on |StartingGrid| in ’15?

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In 2014, I didn’t post on |StartingGrid| nearly as much as I’ve wanted to. Mostly, because I was focused on getting my feet stable in competition karting. I’m not upset with that at all, but I decided at the end of the year that I wanted to put more attention back into having fun with the blog.

I’ve been chatting with some people about some topic ideas that would be fun to write about, so below are some of my ideas.

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Catch you later, 2014. Bring it on, ’15!

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It turns out, no matter how we try to avoid it, that we are creatures of habit. I was turning back the clock this morning, just curious of what I was doing this time last year in 2013. Turns out that I was writing another blog post like this one.

Well, it’s my blog. So, if I want to do the same thing, I can! FYI, this blog post might get kinda emotional/sappy, so if you want to skip it and come back to some car stuff, check in later.

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|Video| Karting – What do I get out of it?

A few years ago, I found myself attracted to competition karting, not only because of the amount of seat time that you can get, but because of the types of people who make up the sport.

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|???| Just keeping you up to date, I guess…

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I’m the luckiest guy on the track, really.

So I’ve had a lot of people pinging me lately, asking what’s been going on race-wise and in my life, since I haven’t been posting a lot of here. So let me catch you up.

So things have been pretty busy, in a good way, getting ready for the last regional sprint race of the year. I’ve been racing in the Gold Cup this year with my World Formula, and I’m currently 4th in points out of 26 drivers.  If the race weekend goes really well at the end of the month, I’d end up in the top three, which would be a bonus, given all of the engine troubles that I’ve been having.

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|Photos| Listening to #F1 Cars in Tacoma

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So what did you do over the weekend? I dropped by Griot’s Garage, where they hosted an event, showcasing several Formula 1 cars. It was pretty interesting to see some of the machines I’ve read about up close.
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|Video| Goalsetting – What’s your big goal? – I’m going to drive a formula car

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I’m all about setting goals and setting BIG ones. Goals that will stretch you, make you learn new things and make you do things that you never thought you’d do before. When I started working with race karts, one of the things that I did was sit down and think about some long terms goals for myself, when it comes to racing. Of course there are those standard ones. “Win a race. One day win a class title”, but that’s pretty standard stuff.

If I’m going to do something, I need to have a big goal. What I call a ‘stretch goal’. Basically, a “you’re going to do what?!” goal. So I’ve decided.
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|Lifestyle| Remember your race family

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I’m just winding down from a practice day at the kart track, and I’ve just been thinking about why I enjoy going to the track so much.

It’s more than just the speed, or the different racetracks. The most important thing that keeps me coming back to the track are the people.  It’s what a good friend of mine called to “the racing family.”

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